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He's at it again - now buy to let multi-millionaire evicts single mothers

Newspapers in Kent are reporting that controversial buy to let multi-millionaire Fergus Wilson has evicted four single mothers from his properties - and has tried to...

Five year mandatory electrical checks for all private rental homes

All privately-let homes must have electrical installations checked every five years under new rules announced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.  Housing Secretary James...

Jailed: the letting agent whose inaction led to two boys' deaths

A letting agent responsible for a property in Huddersfield which caught fire and killed two young boys has been jailed for 12 months for failing to...

Mystery surrounds lettings agency bringing in liquidators

The lettings agency Elet, based in Harrogate, has appointed liquidators.  A Letting Agent Today reader spotted an announcement about the move in The Gazette, the government-run publication...

Agent presses council to rethink £945 licensing proposal

Councillors in Stockton-on-Tees are under pressure to rethink plans to introduce Selective Licensing of private rented housing in two areas of the town.  Back in November the...

Changing face of buy to let - mortgage lender targets Airbnb hosts

A lender has launched a new product which is thought to be the first mortgage explicitly aimed at borrowers who propose to short-let their properties through...

Three-year tenancies - online agency is the latest to voice opposition

An online lettings agency is the latest to voice opposition to the government’s proposed three year standard tenancies for the private rental sector. The proposal was put...

Prime Central London agent teams up with interior designer and retailer

Prime central London lettings agency Draker has teamed up with a luxury interiors retailer and interior designer to launch what it calls “an outstanding opportunity” for...

Trade body wants government to fund private blocks fire safety improvement

A trade body is backing a call by a parliamentary committee for the government to fund certain fire safety improvements in privately owned residential blocks. In its...

Which? calls on the public to submit "nightmare rental stories"

Which?, the consumer organisation which this week revealed details of an undercover investigation of 30 viewings of properties marketed by lettings agencies, is now calling on...

Revealed - latest list of high-return buy to let locations

The latest LendInvest buy to let report, which ranks 105 postcode areas around England and Wales based on a combination of four critera, has been released. The...

Agents warned of growing arrears if wider economy doesn't improve

Letting agents and landlords have been warned to expect a possible rise in arrears in the coming months if conditions in the wider economy do not...

August deadline for Airbnb to satisfy EU on prices, terms and conditions

Airbnb is facing more attempts to regulate its short lets, this time with the European Commission calling on the platform to align its price transparency and...

Crooked agents and landlords pocket almost £1m in just six months

Crooked letting agents and landlords have so far this year been convicted of illegally pocketing over £900,000 of tenant’s cash – and there’s still almost six months to...

Prizes offered to agents as Fixflo launches new Rental Repairs Survey

Fixflo is launching its fifth annual Rental Repairs Survey for lettings professionals  The survey, supported by ARLA Propertymark, gauges the opinions of lettings professionals around the UK...

Average eviction now takes 17 weeks according to new analysis

A new analysis reveals that it takes an average of 118 days for court-appointed bailiffs to remove tenants from private homes after bringing a claim to...

Airbnb sub-letting deal with lettings agency 'could be start of a trend'

Airbnb, which is facing tough local restrictions in many of the largest cities in which it operates, says its new link with a lettings agency in...

Scrap eviction powers and restrict landlords' right to sell, government told

The pressure group Generation Rent has joined forces with other critics of the private rental sector to demand an end to Section 21 evictions and further...

Countrywide says proportion of homes let by 'firms' has hit all-time high

Some 18 per cent of properties let in the first half of 2018 were registered in the name of a company rather than an individual -...

Buy a home? No thanks, say one third of private tenants

A third of tenants are happy to rent long-term and have no plans to purchase a property in the future, new research reveals. The survey of 1,000...

They're In! Second BBC Dragon invests in Airbnb/short lets firm

Air Agents, a London Airbnb Management company, has signed what it calls “a significant investment deal” with BBC Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Tej Lalvani. Outside of the series,...

Too much red tape: We reveal over 125 rental laws and regulations

There are now well over 125 pieces of legislation and regulations - most introduced in modern times - governing the private rental sector, according to research...

Figures prove vast majority of private tenants satisfied with their homes

A large majority of private sector tenants, 84 per cent, are satisfied with their housing according to the English Housing Survey report for 2016/17, just published.  When...

Another one bites the dust - independent agency snapped up by chain

The Leaders Romans Group has acquired Upp Property Lettings in Oakham and Stamford. The acquisition will see the existing Leaders branch in Stamford take over the local...

Online agency selling only buy to let properties reports strong business

An online agency selling only buy to let units to would-be investors says it’s experiencing “positive growth” despite the challenges of the rental sector. Yieldit - set...

Buy to let lender allows selfies and document photos to be used as ID

High-profile buy to let mortgage lender LendInvest says it’s going to allow applicants to prove their ID online via photographs. It’s working with an ID verification service,...

Net loss of 133,000 homes to let in coming year, trade body warns

A trade body says the country faces a net loss of 133,000 homes for private rent over the next year - and only a radical rethink...

Stath Lets Flats - but better customer service would let even more

Channel 4’s hit comedy Stath Lets Flats shows the funny side of running a lettings agency but one of the country’s leading PropTech entrepreneurs says the...

Typical UK monthly rent up only £16 in the past year says HomeLet

Average UK rents have risen 1.8 per cent in the last year, equating to a typical £16 monthly hike. That’s the view of HomeLet, which says rents...

Family-run London agency wins big at property management awards

The three-branch London agency Kay & Co has been named the Smaller Managing Agent of the Year at the ARMA ACE Awards, which celebrate the work...

Council fining 27 rogue agents wins strong backing from ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has heaped praise on a local authority which has fined 27 lettings and managing agents between £1,000 and £10,000 each. ARLA...

False gas safety certificates issued for lettings properties

A gas safety engineer has pleaded guilty with a landlord of falsifying gas safety certificates for a string of private rental properties.  Thames Magistrates Court and Snaresbrook Crown...

'A ticking timebomb for lettings': warning over MEES energy efficiency measures

A specialist buy to let mortgage lender says buy to let investors should act now - even if it means borrowing more - to ensure their...

Important update for agents - new How To Rent guide is issued

The government has issued a new How To Rent guide - a key document which agents or landlords managing their properties directly must issue to all...

Top Scottish agency says new rules are 'turning point' for lettings

The major legislative changes introduced in Scotland’s letting sector are a major turning point but should not be feared, says one of the country’s top agencies,...

Tax bombshell may curb Airbnb-style short lets

The government has suggested that it is at least considering changing the terms of its Rent A Room system which could mean ‘hosts’ letting via Airbnb...

Government blasted by another top agent over three year tenancies

Yet another leading lettings agent has hit out at the government over its proposals for three year tenancies being the norm in the private rental sector. Marc...

ARLA teams with PropTech firm to help agents remain compliant

ARLA Propertymark has launched a new database to help its agent members keep abreast of compliance issues in the lettings sector.  The service is run with technology...

Rent For Sex - legal expert wants government action now

A respected property lawyer says she wants a change in the law to prevent unscrupulous landlords from offering accommodation in return for sex.  Liz Brady, a partner at law...

"Collapse in demand for buy to let in London" says top buying agency

One of the most respected buying agencies, Black Brick, says the collapse in demand for buy to let is the most striking of the changes undergone...

Big surge in Build To Rent homes complete or in the pipeline

The British Property Federation says there are now 124,037 Build To Rent homes complete, under construction and in planning across the UK. While the construction of BTR...

Tory activist rounds on government over three year tenancies

A Tory activist has made an outspoken attack on the government’s policies towards the private rental sector on the pages of a leading Conservative website. Writing on...

Online platform links with mental health charity to help students

Online accommodation platform Student.com has linked with mental health charity Student Minds in a bid to prioritise mental health awareness amongst agents and landlords.  The invitation to...

Scrap the surcharge! Strong support for petition to repeal buy to let taxes

There has been strong support for an e-petition calling for the scrapping of the stamp duty surcharge on buy to let properties and the reintroduction of...

Top London politicians call for scrapping of S21 eviction powers

Two senior London politicians are backing a campaign to scrap the powers of agents and landlords to evict tenants under Section 21 of the Housing Act...

London rents up - but it's not exactly a large increase...

Rents in London rose by 0.1 per cent in the 12 months to June - it’s the first annual rental increase for the capital in 18...

Three-year tenancies: Top London agent is latest to criticise the idea

Well-respected London lettings agent and former ARLA president Lucy Morton is the latest key figure to pour cold water on government plans to make the standard...

Petition to Parliament wants review of city's selective licensing

A petition has appeared on the government’s e-petition website calling for a review of a city council’s newly-introduced selective licensing system. Nottingham city council has introduced the...

Huge 650-unit Build To Rent site in London snapped up by key developer

Legal & General, one of the biggest players in Britain’s burgeoning Build To Rent market, has exchanged contracts on its largest BTR site to date -...

Buy To Let mortgage market set to be stable throughout summer

The cost of buy to let mortgages remain at record lows and - with little movement in costs and rates over the past three months -...

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